Is it possible that two of America's most disliked athletes might be playing on the same team next season?
According to Howard Eskin of NBC10 in Philadelphia, wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was No. 3 on the recent Forbes report of America's disliked athletes, might possibly join forces with No. 1, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Burress has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets during his 10-year career. Will he play for the Philadelphia Eagles next? (Reuters/Ray Stubblebine)
Eskin learned of Burress' desire at Super Bowl XLVI, tweeting on Wednesday: Saw and talked to Plaxico Burress at Super Bowl and told me he wants to play for Eagles. Badly!
The 34-year-old Burress, who becomes a free agent on March 13, spent nearly two years in jail on a gun charge for shooting himself in the leg at a New York nightclub before being released last June and signing a one-year, $3 million deal with the New York Jets. He underachieved, though, only pulling in 45 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Before the season even started, amid a prolonged lockout, it seemed that Burress had a desire to play for the Eagles, sporting a Philadelphia Phillies hat as he was caught on video being released from jail. What's more is that Eskin also reported that Eagles head coach Andy Reid thought about bringing Burress on board last season after having several conversations with him.
If the Eagles sign Burress, who many would argue isn't the same Burress that caught the winning touchdown pass for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, they may significantly improve offensively, but only if they decide to keep receiver DeSean Jackson, who is looking for a long-term deal. Minus Jackson, having only Burress and receiver Jeremy Maclin would perhaps be a big downgrade as opposed to either having all three or even just sticking with Jackson and Maclin.
Burress presents a huge six-foot-five target no matter where he is and could potentially make both Vick and the rest of the Eagles offense better. However, given his recent past both on and off the field, he may be looking for someone like Vick, who many other players also desire to play with, for a little bit of rejuvenation.